Episode #15 – Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness

In this episode I talk to Nicole Vincent. Nicole is an international philosopher extraordinaire. She has appointments at Georgia State University, TU Delft (Netherlands) and Macquarie University (Sydney). Nicole’s work focuses on the philosophy of responsibility, cognitive enhancement and neuroethics. We talk about two main topics: (i) can neuroscience make us happier? and (ii) how … More Episode #15 – Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness

Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

In this episode I interview programmer and lawyer Aaron Wright. Aaron is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He is a professor at Cardozo Law School and the Director of the School’s Tech Startup Clinic. I speak to Aaron about the issues arising from his forthcoming … More Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains – workshop summary

The modern age is characterised by two technological trends. The first is the increased outsourcing of human agency to intelligent algorithms; the second is the increased integration between mind and machine. Held at NUI Galway in September 2016, the ‘From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains’ workshop aimed to explore the political, legal and ethical implications … More From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains – workshop summary

Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

In this episode I interview Dr Laura Cabrera. Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University where she conducts research into the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology. I ask Laura how human enhancement can affect inter-personal communication and values and talk about … More Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

Episode #12 – Rick Searle on the Dark Side of Transhumanism

In this episode I interview Rick Searle. Rick is an author living in Amish country in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific writer and commentator on all things technological. I get Rick to educate me about the darker aspects of the transhumanist philosophy. In particular, what Rick finds disturbing in the writings of Zoltan Istvan, Steve Fuller … More Episode #12 – Rick Searle on the Dark Side of Transhumanism

Episode #11 – Sabina Leonelli on whether Big Data will revolutionise science

In this episode I talk to Sabina Leonelli. Sabina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. She is as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand. Her research focuses primarily on the … More Episode #11 – Sabina Leonelli on whether Big Data will revolutionise science

Talking about Algocracy and Transhumanism on the Singularity Bros Podcast

  I recently had the honour of appearing on the Singularity Bros podcast to discuss the work I am doing as part of the Algocracy and Transhumanism project. I had a very enjoyable and wide-ranging conversation with the hosts Zach and Scott about nominative determinism, algorithmic governance, self-driving cars, moral enhancement and the comedy of Louis CK. They … More Talking about Algocracy and Transhumanism on the Singularity Bros Podcast

Computers and Law Special Edition on Algorithmic Governance

Myself and my colleague Dr. Rónán Kennedy put together a special edition of the journal/magazine Computers and Law on the topic of algorithmic governance. It consists of a diverse range of articles on the increasingly prominent role of algorithms in decision-making, and the implications this has for the law. The special edition arose from a workshop we held on the … More Computers and Law Special Edition on Algorithmic Governance

Episode #10 – David Gunkel on Robots and Cyborgs

This is the tenth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I talk to David Gunkel. David is a professor of communication studies at Northern Illinois University. He specialises in the philosophy and ethics of technology. He is the author of several books, including Hacking Cyberspace, The Machine Question and Of Remixology. I talk to … More Episode #10 – David Gunkel on Robots and Cyborgs

Episode #9 – Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Digital Commons

This is the ninth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I talk to Rachel O’Dwyer who is currently a postdoc at Maynooth University. We have a wide-ranging conversation about the digital commons, money, bitcoin and blockchain governance. We look at the historical origins of the commons, the role of money in … More Episode #9 – Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Digital Commons